Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA
Accra, Oct.18, GNA –
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday urged member nations around the world of the
Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Freeway Progress Venture to urgently establish an
Workplace of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Administration Authority (ALCoMA) for
prosperous implementation of the venture.
This, he said, would
guarantee that challenges relating to land acquisition and possession, which have the
inclination to effect negatively on the project, ended up carefully managed, to
protect against any hitch in the implementation of the venture.
federal government of Ghana’s means to host the Secretariat of the Authority since it
had the ecosystem to do so, nevertheless, it would respect the closing selection of
He said with the
ratification of the treaty for the establishment of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor
Challenge by member nations around the world, the signing of the Inter-Governmental Settlement
and ongoing feasibility and engineering scientific tests, it was prudent to mount
conversation method to sensitise men and women alongside the Corridor to get their guidance
and cooperation for productive implementation.
manufactured the commendation in an handle study on his behalf by Vice President
Mahamudu Bawumia at the opening of the 13th Ministerial Steering Committee
Meeting for the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Improvement Project in Accra.
Steering Committee was commissioned by the Heads of Point out of the 5
taking part international locations in 2014, to oversee the prosperous implementation of
The project would
entail the design of 1,080 kilometres highways by way of key professional
and administrative towns of Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin and La Cote d’Ivoire.
attracted Ministers of Streets and Infrastructure, Trades and Sector as effectively as
Infrastructure and Complex Commissioners from 5 spouse nations around the world in the
sub-area and the African Development Financial institution, to explore the development created so
considerably toward the mobilisation of sources to finance the venture.
urged member states to uncover significant methods to offer decisively with payment of
He was of the
conviction that, the integration of West African nations would advertise trade
and business, especially with the coming into force of the Africa Continental
Free of charge Trade Spot (AfCFTA).
significance of the improvement of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Freeway, one particular of
the initiatives towards regional integration, cannot be shed on any individual,”
The challenge would
require street infrastructure enhancement, border posts restructuring, and gentle
transportation facilitation interventions to harmonise border manage processes and
strategies to strengthen the absolutely free circulation of merchandise and people.
claimed the improvement of the Corridor has turn out to be much more crucial with the coming
into drive of the AfCFTA, whose Secretariat is in Ghana, and would protect a
market place of 1.2 billion folks, with a merged Gross Domestic Solution (GDP) of
$3trillion, throughout 54 member states of the African Union.
The President explained
the endeavours staying produced by ECOWAS to supply funding for the enhancement of the
corridor venture was gratifying, noting that, the African Growth Financial institution, the
European Union and German Improvement Company (GIZ) were being contributing funds
in direction of its implementation, whilst every of the 5 countries was contributing
$1.4million for the feasibility and in-depth engineering scientific tests.
other close friends of Africa and fiscal institutions to take into account supporting this
venture, which is economically viable and has considerable prospective.
critical that member states just take a superior seem at the legal and territorial
parameters of the job in the regional context, as effectively as undertaking
“Ghana has above
50% of the Corridor in its territory, and this can make us the most afflicted
by this task in conditions of land get.
added benefits of the undertaking are huge, we need to also be conscious of the environmental
and social impact the venture may perhaps have on the men and women in the catchment locations.
“I hope that
the alignments for the task getting proposed by the feasibility analyze, will
find to minimise assets effect and displacement of people as considerably as
possible, “the President observed.
He explained, the undertaking
would need some resettlement, consequently “we should really not be observed as
creating social challenges or unduly and adversely impacting the life of the
people today within the corridor of influence”.
He said resettlement
problems ought to be appropriately dealt with by the payment of satisfactory
compensations to affected persons, in accordance with the national guidelines of the
respective nations around the world.
He urged member
international locations to put in spot a strong communication approach to industry the project
domestically, regionally and internationally to draw in promoters and
“We should also
assure regional content material in the selection of contractors, consultants and many others
for the advancement and administration of the Corridor” he additional.
taken a eager curiosity in guaranteeing the inclusion of nationals in the advancement
of the infrastructure, so, giving a broad assortment of job options for
domestic companies and labour,” he mentioned.
He urged the
Ministerial Steering Committee to carry on to get the job done, and defeat any hurdles
that may perhaps occur during the implementation of this task.
He stated the
Abidjan-Lagos Corridor was the proper path in the direction of advancement and assured
of Government of Ghana’s motivation to the realisation of the Corridor.